Dec. 17, 2009
CUA's Engineering Dean Honored as AAAS Fellow
Charles Nguyen, dean of Catholic University's School of Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society. Members are nominated to be fellows by their peers and selected for their efforts to advance science and its applications.
Nguyen was recognized for "distinguished contributions to the field of robotics and automation, particularly for parallel robot manipulators and intelligent control."
Named dean of engineering in 2001, Nguyen served as chair of CUA's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science for almost four years. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation for a three-year term from 2004 to 2007 and traveled extensively in that capacity to Asia, especially Vietnam, to develop educational programs.
"Being an administrator for the past several years," Nguyen said, "I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition from AAAS, especially given that my peers in AAAS recognize the research work I did in robotics and automation years ago."
In addition to his research and founding of a major journal titled "Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing," Nguyen has published more than 100 technical and scientific papers in the area of control and robotics, co-edited three books and guest-edited 10 special issues in major journals.
He was the chairman of the Robotics Committee of the Fifth International Symposium on Robotics and Manufacturing in 1994 and the program vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Conference on Robotics and Automation in 1997.
Nguyen and other newly named fellows will be honored Feb. 20 at a Fellows Forum during AAAS' annual meeting in San Diego.
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